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Virgil Edwards named executive of Chattanooga Auto Square

Furrow Automotive Group announces that Virgil Edwards has been named executive general manager of Chattanooga Auto Square responsible for managing the local Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover and Porsche of Chattanooga dealerships.

Edwards is the former manager of Auto Square's Infiniti dealership. Furrow Automotive Group President and CEO Lee Ann Furrow Tolsma said Edwards is known for his dedication to client service and excellence in the buying experience.

"Behind the purchase of a home, a car is often the second largest investment many buyers will make," Tolsma said in an announcement of the appointment. "In today's climate, auto professionals must exceed client expectations to find the perfect car. We're excited to welcome Virgil to his new position and look forward to his leadership."

Chattanooga Auto Square recently underwent significant renovations to improve the buying and service experience at Jaguar and Land Rover.

"We're looking forward to even more changes that will enhance customer buying and service experiences from Infiniti to Porsche of Chattanooga," Edwards said in a statement. "Our team of professionals is well positioned to meet customer need, and I am honored to lead the efforts."


HHM CPA firm adds accountants, managers

HHM Certified Public Accountants, a full-service CPA and consulting firm with locations in Chattanooga and Memphis, has hired three senior managers, a supervisor and three staff accountants to support growth throughout the upcoming tax season.

Jason Ashley, CPA, was appointed as a senior tax manager. He will assist business owners, trustees, passive investors and individuals with tax consulting, research and compliance. Prior to joining HHM CPAs, Ashley spent several years as a tax manager at a firm in Bluffton, South Carolina, where he managed client relationships and employees. Prior to that, he worked as a manager at a BDO Alliance firm in Savannah, Georgia. He is a graduate of Missouri State University.

Also joining the firm as a senior tax manager is Donna Langerud, CPA. Langerud brings more than 20 years of experience to the tax team and will prepare and review returns for a variety of clients, including high net worth individuals, S-corporations and partnerships. Prior to joining HHM CPAs, Langerud worked at a public accounting firm in Houston, where she was a senior tax manager. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Amy Smith, who has more than 20 years as an accountant, also has been named a senior manager at HHM. She will consult with businesses and individuals, providing tax saving strategies and advising clients on how current tax laws apply to their specific circumstances. Prior to joining HHM CPAs, Smith worked in private industry as the tax and fund accounting director for a large renewable energy company in addition to working at public accounting firms on the East Coast. Smith is a graduate of St. John Fisher College, has attained a certificate in transfer pricing from Thomas J. Campbell School of Law and is pursuing her master's in accounting at the Kenan Flager School of Business at UNC Chapel Hill.

Peggy Brandon joins the firm as a supervisor. With extensive experience working with corporations, partnerships and S-corporations, she will provide tax preparation and guidance to clients. In addition, she will provide estate and trust tax return preparation. Prior to joining HHM CPAs, Brandon worked in the tax department at a large medical corporation in addition to working at public accounting firms in the greater Nashville area. Brandon is an enrolled agent and a graduate of Lipscomb University.

Keenan Cox, Tyler Ballengee and Jackson Vetetoe are joining the firm as staff accountants. Cox joins the audit department and is a graduate of Lee University. Ballengee and Vetetoe join the tax department and are graduates of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"I am thrilled to start a new year by adding this group of talented professionals at all levels of our team," said Donnie Hutcherson, managing partner of HHM CPAs in a release from the company. "We are preparing for another busy tax season, and I have no doubt this group will provide excellent client service throughout this challenging season."


The Austin Hatcher Foundation names new chief executive officer

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has named Amy Jo Osborn as the organization's first chief executive officer.

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The Chattanooga-based nonprofit organization provides life-altering therapies to families that have been impacted by pediatric cancer. All programs and services offered at the foundation are provided at no cost to individuals, and the foundation does not bill insurance.

Osborn and her husband, Dr. James M. Osborn, founded the Austin Hatcher Foundation in 2006 after their son, Austin Hatcher Osborn, passed of a rare form of childhood cancer. Following this loss, the Osborns noted a gap in the services that were offered to families impacted by pediatric cancer and founded AHFPC with the goal of walking alongside families throughout their childhood cancer journey.

Since co-founding the organization in 2006, Amy Jo Osborn has served in the role of president as a volunteer. As president, Osborn spearheaded the organization's significant local and national growth, including a 1,200% increase in fundraising and a 4,600% increase in asset development. Osborn has also been instrumental in developing partnerships with over 42 hospitals in 26 states to provide services to more than 88,000 individuals.

"There is no doubt that this move is well-deserved and should have happened some time ago," said foundation Chief Legal and board member Gary Patrick in a release from the foundation.

In 2021, Osborn was recognized by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers' Association in the #SHEisSEMA series, received the 2018 Tennessee Governor's Volunteer Star Award, was chosen as the 2017 Samford University Humanitarian of the Year Award and was awarded the 2013 Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropic Impact Award.


Chickamauga resident named top UniFirst route representative

UniFirst Corporation has named route service representative Jason Groce, of Chickamauga, Georgia, as a 2021 recipient of the company's distinguished Aldo Croatti Award.

UniFirst supplies and services uniforms, workwear and facility service products for businesses.

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Named after UniFirst's founder, the Aldo Croatti Award is the company's most prestigious employee honor and is presented to route service representatives who retain 100% of their customers for an entire fiscal year, while also epitomizing UniFirst's founding core values of customer focus, respect for others and commitment to quality.

"The Aldo Croatti Award and its recipients, of course, have special meaning to me as the award was named for my father," Cynthia Croatti, UniFirst executive vice president, said in a release. "

Groce, who has worked at UniFirst in Chattanooga for 10 years, delivers and services work uniforms and ancillary facility products to more than 100 area businesses each week. As a recipient of the award, Groce received a special rewards package that included a cash bonus and an all-expenses-paid luxury vacation for two to Naples, Florida., where he was formally recognized for his achievements alongside UniFirst leaders as part of the company's annual President's Club gathering.


Chattanooga State's Renee Johnson, Tiffany Hammond earn certified massage, body educator status

Tennessee College of Applied Technology Massage Therapy faculty members Renee Johnson and Tiffany Hammond recently earned certified massage and body educator status from the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. Johnson is the senior instructor and program director for Chattanooga State's massage therapy program, and Hammond serves as an associate instructor.

"We are very pleased that Renee and Tiffany have completed their certification," said Dr. Jim Barrott, executive vice president of Tennessee College of Applied Technology, in a release by Chattanooga State. "It demonstrates their commitment to making our massage therapy program the very best in the state of Tennessee, and the program graduates will be the real winners of their commitment."

Massage and body educator certification is for three years, renewable upon completion of nine continuing education hours concentrated in the areas of teaching and learning. Johnson and Hammond completed a voluntary portfolio review, demonstrating proficiency in the core competencies for massage therapy teachers. As experienced educators, the portfolio review process allowed them to become certified as certified massage and body educators without having to go through a formal teacher training process.


Erlanger appoints Marti Arvin as chief compliance officer

Erlanger Health System welcomes Marti Arvin as chief compliance officer. Arvin has more than three decades of experience in health care in the areas of compliance, research, privacy, information security, governance and regulatory oversight.

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Prior to joining Erlanger, Arvin was vice president of compliance and privacy services for a health care consulting company that provided compliance and business development services to health care organizations. Her consulting clients included a variety of organizations such as academic medical centers, physician practices and traditional hospital institutions. Arvin's compliance career has also included serving as a chief compliance and privacy officer of four different academic medical centers over a span of 18 years, the most recent being the UCLA Health System and the David Geffen School of Medicine.

"I'm pleased to welcome Marti to the Erlanger family as chief compliance officer," Erlanger President Dr. William Jackson said in a statement. "Marti's expertise in health care compliance and her experience working with health care organizations similar to Erlanger will be a great asset to our system. I look forward to working with her."

Arvin has served as an expert speaker at numerous conferences for the American Health Law Association, Healthcare Compliance Association, Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors and the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics. She worked with the Compliance Certification Board for a number of years and sat on the exam committees for several board certifications. Arvin was also the recipient of the 2007 Compliance Professional's award.


Chambliss law firm announces new shareholders

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel P.C. has added litigation attorney Kelly Etchells and real estate attorney Martha Millener as shareholders of the Chattanooga law firm.

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Kelly Etchells

Licensed in Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, Etchells is a member of the firm's litigation section and represents large and small businesses in state and federal courts in a variety of commercial disputes. She provides dispute resolution for matters ranging from contractual issues to product liability. She also counsels clients on real property disputes and trade secrets matters. Prior to joining Chambliss, Etchells practiced at a large international law firm in Atlanta, where she focused on product liability defense, and served as a law clerk to a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She is recognized in the "Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch" list for 2022 and has been involved in several community organizations, including Little Miss Mag, Orange Grove Center, Habitat for Humanity, Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Alliance, and Brock-Cooper Inn of Court. Etchells graduated summa cum laude and second in her class at the University of Georgia School of Law.

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Martha Millener

Millener started her legal career at Chambliss as a summer associate several years ago. As a member of the firm's real estate group, she represents clients in commercial real estate transactions across the country. Millener is known for getting the deal done while also protecting her clients. She regularly assists developers and business owners on leasing, acquisition and sale, development, management, financing and land and title issues. She also works with various lenders in commercial real estate transactions and financial workouts. Millener was recognized in the "Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch list for 2022" and volunteers her time through several nonprofits, including The Hart Gallery and The Chattery. She graduated cum laude at The University of Alabama School of Law.


Colin Johnson named a shareholder of Ragan-Smith-Associates Inc.

Colin Johnson, PE, MBA, who joined RaganSmith-Associates Inc. in 2016 and leads the company's Chattanooga office, has been promoted as a shareholder in the land planning, civil, transportation, environmental engineering firm.

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Johnson has worked in civil engineering and business for the past 16 years. Under Johnson's leadership, RaganSmith has played a crucial role in the recent revitalization of Chattanooga's urban and suburban fabric, according to Chief Operating Officer Allen Ramsey.

"Colin has been an integral part of RaganSmith's growth and success in the Chattanooga region," Ramsey said in a news release. "His leadership and commitment will be instrumental in our continued growth in our practices, offices and markets."

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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